If you are looking for relaxation and adventure this is a great place to visit. If you are looking for something different than an all inclusive Chalet Tropical and Las Galeras is the place you should visit! You do not need to pack much, but refillable water bottles,a backpack, good walking sandals,and flashlights for walking home at night all came in handy. Learn some spanish if you can too! We knew none! We visited for one week and were sorry to leave! No need to have it all planned out ahead of time, Sarah and Darling will help you with your adventures when you are there. We did not rent a car, instead we took Sarah's advice and explored on foot, by ATV, with a jungle guide (awesome young man), three person motorcycle taxi. Horses and boats are also available. To relax we enjoyed breakfast outside on our porch, our chalet, the beautiful Playita, and walks through town. For adventure we found a trail and hiked to Playa Colorado, probably the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. Another day Sarah arranged a moto taxi, three of us on one little motorcycle (you have to experience this) which drove us to Boca del Diablo (mouth of the devil). From here we hiked with our guide Malfie, awesome young man, through the jungle with frequent natural snacks found along the way...cocunut, almonds, papaya yum! We finally reached Playa Fronton, beach only reached by foot or boat. Good for snorkeling but watch out for the sea urchins prickly black creatures they hurt. Continued our hike to playa Madama, caves and beach, beautiful! We spent the whole day with Malfie who speaks no english and we only speak english and yet somehow we learned so much about the area, the resources and the people. Good to be out of your comfort zone and enjoying the present adventure and local people. Then walked back to Chalet Tropical, slept well that night, even the roosters didn't wake us! Another adventure was renting an ATV for 24 hours (Sarah did this for us) and finding our way to Playa Rincon, if you do this find the little lady selling the coconut bread on the beach near the fresh water river, yummy! And the best ever pinacolada in a pinapple served with a spoon and a straw, eat the whole thing! Next time we will stop along the way at the road side food markets. That evening we drove our ATV to El Cabito for dinner, definately a highlight for us. Get there with lots of daylight to enjoy whales, and all the views and then the sun set! Oh ya food and Mojitos are good too!
This vacation was a great get away, to see a way of life so different from our own, in warm tropical temperatures, with people who kinda feel like family! Thanks Sarah and Darling and all the rest of the staff and the people of Las Galeras!
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- Also Known As:
- Chalet Tropical Village Hotel Las Galeras
- Chalet Tropical Village Samana, Dominican Republic